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Il Gelso

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Lardos Square, Lardos 851 09, Greece
+30 2244 044050
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

The lady who runs Il Gelso is a genuine Italian and the keen-eyed will also spot a traditional clay-fired pizza oven on entering - both good portents. Pizza and starters and desserts all amazing. Extra credit to the panna cotta - just the right amount of gelatine that it holds but not so much that it loses its silky smoothness... More 

1 Thank bhunjan
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

This is a great authentic Italian restaurant. A real gem. We visited last year and had an excellent meal. This year we had pizza. They are all hand made and cooked in a wood oven which gives the thin pizza the most delicious taste, unlike any other other I have had. The Italian lady owner runs a great little place... More 

Thank Maurice C
Poole, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

We chose to visit this restaurant over the more popular 'Valentina's as we had been here many years before, and liked the ambiance, even though it appeared to have changed hands. We were very pleased with the meals we had, although if I'm being very picky a Greek Salad should probably have more than 4 olives ;-) My husband's pasta... More 

Thank Janeybee100
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

We are visiting Rhodes for my sisters wedding, and fancied a little exploration of the smaller villages. It was around 6pm and started to feel peckish. We pulled over in Lardos and there were 2 main restaurants, a Greek taverna and Il Gelso. The Greek taverna was busy but lacked atmosphere, whereas Il Gelso had beautiful vines hanging over the... More 

Thank Aaron B
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

One of our favourite restaurants in Lardos and well worth a visit. Great central location to watch the world go by. Food and service was great as usual. Ciao ciao.

Thank Richard H
Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

Having eaten here a number of times I don't think you can walk past this typical Italian eatery. Great atmosphere sitting outside watching everyone in Lardos Square, so much going on whilst eating a terrific pizza or a pasta dish either way very tasty food, plus the house wine is as good as you will find on the island, most... More 

Thank bobbitt123
Petersfield, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015

As we were only on the island for a week and given we were staying locally, Lardos was our preferred choice of dining. Fancying an Italian meal during our stay and after looking on tripadvisor, we thought we would give this place a go! Without a doubt, the look of 'Il Gelso' really makes you feel like you are on... More 

1 Thank Matthew U
Gunnislake, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

We were lured into this restaurant by the prospect of food from the wood fired oven. The setting is beautiful - tables under trees and bougainvillas. Our family, including an 8 and 7 year-old and a toddler were welcomed warmly and provided with a baby chair. We were seated and had ordered before the other tables had filled up so... More 

1 Thank DaveandSue97
Coventry, United Kingdom
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281 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Lovely vine ceilinged outdoor setting. Very full and popular. Italian starters and pizza very good and authentic Napoli style. Price higher than average for the area for food and drink but the food is authentic. Service was very slow however, from trying to order until trying to get desserts to trying to pay the bill... perhaps they were unexpectedly busy... More 

1 Thank alan b b
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

not bad pizzas and you can takeout too. attacked by wasps whilst eating but didn't seem to bother the owner too much. shame as it bothered the customers more!

Thank MrsM50

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lardos Square, Lardos 851 09, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  South Aegean  >  Dodecanese  >  Rhodes  >  Lardos
  • Phone Number: +30 2244 044050

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?